Busy day? What the heck can I make for dinner?? If your shopping plan is anything like mine there is usually always some mince beef in the freezer. I love trying new ways with mince so that we are not constantly eating hamburgers and spaghetti bolognese – not that there is anything wrong with those. They are firm favorites and often requested by my children but I do enjoy switching things up.
If you are a busy mum with limited time at the end of the day to prepare dinner I highly recommend a pressure cooker*. I recently added one to my kitchen and I have been amazed and excited by the reduction in cooking time it provides. In fact it really is a marvel and I have been raving about it to anyone who will listen to me. A roast in 30 minutes is achievable on a week day. It is far removed from an hour and a half in the oven. I have a long list of food I want to test out in it. To date I have found it easier to use than the slow cooker which took some getting used to the liquid content. I admit to being a little scared of the steam/pressure release but it is very simple to use. I have been putting dinner on to cook while we duck out to the garden to collect the fresh herbs to do a job or two in the vegetable garden. This is such an easy way to prepare a family meal on the afternoons we need to rush off straight after school to a sporting activity.
My Soy Beef pressure cooker recipe is very simple to prepare, it is ready to set to cook mode in minutes. Dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes. Note: Use a good quality mince or the meal will be greasy and fatty – blurk!!
- 500 grams high quality mince beef
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons dark soy
- 2 tablespoons Shao Xing
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 star anaise
- 2 cloves
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- To Serve:
- Fresh coriander leaves and spring onion chopped
- sprinkle of sesame seeds
- fresh chilli (for the adults - optional)
- Set the cooking function to saute
- Add the ingredients to the base of the pot, including the meat and stir to break it up for 2 minutes
- Turn to off
- Add the lid and set to Soups and Stew for 22 minutes
- Add the fresh herbs and sesame seeds to serve and serve with a side of rice and vegetables
The honey and soy combination of this recipe keeps the kids happy and the fresh chilli addition at the end is a bonus for the adults.
*I was gifted my new favorite kitchen appliance to use on a project I am working on with Kambrook.
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